Traffic enforcement specialists Videalert and Imperial Civil Enforcement Solutions are collaborating to deliver a comprehensive clean air enforcement solution, harnessing the respective technologies and expertise of both companies.
The approach is based on the use of Imperial’s virtual permit solution for vehicles entering clean air zones, which features an automated tiered pricing tariff to reflect different vehicle types and emission bands.
Permit enforcement is provided by ITS (UK) Member Videalert’s digital ANPR camera technology and dedicated digital video review platform. The system provides real time identification of vehicles including make, model, colour, gross weight, engine type, Euro rating and CO² emission band.
Using this information, it automatically determines whether an offence has been committed and/or whether the correct tariff has been paid for entry into the restricted zone. The system also gathers real time intelligence for the hosting authority.
All verified contraventions are automatically uploaded to Imperial’s back office processing system for issue of the appropriate Penalty Charge Notice. According to the two companies this ‘end-to-end’ solution is fully integrated to avoid any risks of compatibility or configuration issues.
“This is an example of two specialist service providers joining forces to provide a simple yet cutting edge smart city solution,” said Videalert’s Tim Daniels.
He added: “Everyone agrees that decisive action is needed to address the invisible shroud of harmful pollution and toxic fumes that cause so many premature deaths and blight the lives of everyone living and working in our cities.
“There is no magic wand that will extract the pollutants from the city air, so the answer has to focus on behavioural change by discouraging vehicles with the highest emissions from entering designated areas of the city.
“That’s where our new joint approach can make a very real and immediate difference – ensuring compliance with emission policies to deliver significant improvements to air quality.”